Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC) was founded in May 1988 as a non-profit community-based corporation, backed by federal government funding. We started out with the mission we still hold to today: to help small business owners in Lambton County succeed and thereby create permanent, long-term employment opportunities and help build our economic community. We want to reduce small business failures, and empower business owners to succeed by providing access to the funding and resources they need to build stable work environments and sound business plans.

With our free business counselling services, and access to repayable financing to a maximum of $250,000, SLBDC has been helping business owners start, grow, and establish their companies across the county for 30 years. Since 1988, we’ve assisted in the creation of over 8,981 permanent jobs in Lambton County by way of providing business counseling, business loans, and other entrepreneurial programs. We are proud to have supported 678 local businesses with loans totalling $36.5 million.

We specialize in many business development areas, including expertise for different sized businesses and offering resources for businesses at various stages of operation. Whether you’re just beginning with a basic business plan, or have managed your company for several years, there is always room for improvement and growth, and we’re here to provide assistance to achieve that.

Our experienced staff brings knowledge in all areas of business development, and work with each business to help equip and inform, as best we can, to build strong, long-lasting jobs and services!


Meet the Team

We are governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, representing a thorough cross-section of business sectors, areas of expertise, and business locations within the Lambton community. Our staff keeps the day-to-day operations running smoothly, assisting with any client needs and offering in-depth knowledge of various areas of business needs.

Don Anderson

General Manager

Don provides assistance to clients in the areas of financing and consulting while overseeing the general operations of the organization.

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Ashvin B. Thakkar, CPA,CGA

Business Counselor 

Ashvin focuses on providing consulting services to clients on a wide variety of business issues, including start-up, regulations, planning, and taxation, and term loan financing.

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Natalie Johnston

Business Development Officer 

Details Coming Soon!

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Ashley Rusticus

Administrative Assistant

Ashley provides administrative and marketing support for the team, as well as being the first contact for many of our clients and partners.

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